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Friday Caps Clips: One Down

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Game 1? Check.

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Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals - Game One Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Three Caps things we were talking about yesterday. [Rink]
  • The Rink crew previews the first-round matchup with the ‘Canes. [Rink]
  • Taking a closer look at the Caps’ power play, which (up until last night) has struggled of late. [Rink]
  • Get to know a few more ‘Canes. [Rink (Slavvin, Teraveinen)]
  • Our own Alex chatted with our pals over at Canes Country about the series ahead. [Canes Country]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s Game 1 win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Reirden, locker room, recap), NHL, AP, WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes, Frankovic, Peerless, NoVa Caps (and again), Caps Outsider, RMNB, and Canes Country (and again).
  • A source of some concern ahead of the playoffs, Game 1 required some power-play excellence from the Caps. [PHT]
  • Last night was a lesson for the Caps that just being the defending champs isn’t enough. [WaPo, USA Today]
  • There were plenty of DC athletes in the house last night to support their Caps brothers as the playoffs got underway. [NBCSW]
  • Take a deep dive into the numbers behind the Caps-Canes series in this comprehensive preview. [The Energy Line]
  • Prior to last night’s game, the Caps inked forward Nic Dowd to a three-year contract extension worth $2.25M. [Rink, Caps, WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes]
  • In other pregame news, Ilya Samsonov made the trek up to DC to be the team’s third goalie for the playoffs - at least for Game 1 and 2. [Caps, NBCSW]
  • Why are these games so much different than regular-season games? [NBCSW]
  • The only thing better than winning one Cup - winning multiple Cups. [Caps Outsider]
  • No one who watched Game 1 needs to be told this, but the ‘Canes aren’t going to be pushovers. [NBCSW]
  • So how can the Caps contain those Raleigh rascals? [NoVa Caps]
  • Get to know the Caps’ game entertainment coordinator, Alexa Tanzi. [ESPNW]
  • Finally, happy 67th birthday to Mike Bloom, happy 65th to Antero Lehtonen, happy 45th to Roman Hamrlik, and raise a glass in memory of the late Bob Girard, who would have been 70 today.